Austin, J. (2021).  Library services and incarceration: Recognizing barriers, strengthening access.  Chicago: American Library Association.  (Released November 18, 2021 and available for purchase here.)


Keyes, O., & Austin, J. (2022). Feeling fixes: Mess and emotion in algorithmic audits. Big Data & Society.

Austin, J. and Jacobson, E. (2021). Patron-centered services: Disrupting the narrative of reformation and reading in American jails and prisons. In Jane Garner (ed.), Exploring the roles and practices of libraries in prisons: International perspectives (Advances in Librarianship, Volume 50). Emerald Publishing Limited.

Austin, J., Charenko, M, Dillon, M. and Lincoln, J. (2020). Systemic oppression and the contested ground of information access for incarcerated people. Open Information Science. 4(1), 169-185.

Austin, J. and Villa-Nicholas, M. (2019). Information provision and the carceral state: Race and reference beyond the idea of the “underserved.” The Reference Librarian. 60(4), 233-261.

Austin, J. (2019). Affective absence: Risks in the institutionalization of the FemTechNet ArchiveDigital Humanities Quarterly. 13(2).

Austin, J. (2019). Lines of sight and knowledge: Possibilities and actualities of trans and gender non-conforming youth in the library.  In Bharat Mehra (ed.) LGBTQ+ librarianship in the 21st century: Emerging directions of advocacy and community engagement in diverse information environments (Advances in Librarianship, volume 45). Emerald Publishing Limited, 167-196.

Austin, J. (2019). Mechanisms of communicative control (and resistance): Carceral incorporations of ICT and communication policies for physical mail.  First Monday. 24(3-4).

Austin, J. (2019). Literacy practices of youth experiencing incarceration: Reading and writing as points of regulation and escape. Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies. 69(1), 77-87.

Austin, J. (2019). Representative library collections as a response to the institutional oppression of LGBTQ youth of color. International Journal of Information, Diversity & Inclusion (IJIDI). 3(1), 91-111.

Austin, J. (2018). Restorative justice as a tool to address the role of policing and incarceration in the lives of youth in the United States. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science.

Austin, J. (2017). Reform and revolution: Juvenile detention center libraries in the 1970s.  Libraries: Culture, History, and Society. 1(2), 240-266.

Noble, S. U., Sweeney, M., Austin, J., McKeever, L., Sullivan, E. (2014) Changing course: Collaborative reflections of teaching/taking ‘Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Information Professions.’ Journal of Education for Library & Information Science. 55(3), 212-222.

Austin, J. (2012). Critical issues in juvenile detention center libraries, Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults.

Other Publications

Jordan-Makely, C., Austin, J., & Brammer, C. (2022). Growing services: How libraries outside of prison create access for incarcerated people. Library Journal. 147(8). 24-29.

Jordan-Makely, C. & Austin, J. (2021). Outside and in: Services for people impacted by incarceration. Library Journal. 146(9), 21-25.

Austin, J. (2020). Information access within carceral institutions. Feminist Media Studies. DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2020.1786933.

Austin, J. (2019). Situating youth voice: Moving from understanding to action through critical theory.  In Anthony Bernier (ed.) Transforming youth services, second edition.  Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Austin, J. (2018). A lexicon of Black and trans life (and death). Resources for Women and Gender Studies: A Feminist Review. 39(3-4), 13-15. (Book review.)

Austin, J. (2018).  Sentenced to read. Young Adult Library Services. 16(4), 31-36.

Austin, J.  (2016).  Questioning “positive development”: Toward centering YA library practice on the lived realities of youth. In Bharat Mehra and Kevin Rioux (eds.) Progressive community action: Critical theory and social justice in library and information sciences (249-281). Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press.

Austin, J., Coyle, J., and Montague, R.A. (2014). Creating collaborative library services to incarcerated youth. In Bertram C. Bruce, Ann Peterson Bishop and Nama R. Budhathoki (eds.) Youth community inquiry : new media for community and personal growth (119-131). New York: Peter Lang.



June 24, 2023. Austin, J., Boyington, E., Brammer, C., Jordan-Makely, C., Nash, A., Ness, N., Ortiz, O., & Richardson, L. C. Research with people who are currently or have been incarcerated in the United States. ALA Annual Conference.

June 26, 2023. Austin, J., Boyington, E., James, E. R.Ness, N., & Okelo, B. Expanding information access for people who are incarcerated: Service Standards and mapping. ALA Annual Conference. (An update on the Expanding Information Access for Incarcerated People grant project.)

July 18, 2023. Austin, J., Tanaka, K., & Reppe, L., moderated by Rodriguez, D. Incarcerated people Are patrons too! Improving legal information services for incarcerated people. American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting and Conference.


Austin, J., Bott, R., Honn, J., & Tanaka, K. Serving 500,000 new students: Planning for Pell restoration for incarcerated college students. Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) 2023.

Austin, J. (moderator) with Boyington, E., Meissner, C., Pollock, R., & Tanaka, K. Inspiration, knowledge and curiosity while incarcerated. San Francisco Public Library, 2022.

Austin, J., Betts, D., Horton, R., & Rivera, E., moderated by Hall, T. D. “Defending the Fifth Freedom: Protecting the Right to Read for Incarcerated Individuals.” ALA Annual Conference, 2022.

Austin, J. “Library Services and Incarceration.” University of South Carolina College of Information and Communications. Augusta Baker Annual Lecture, 2022.

Austin, J. “Philosophy, Purpose, and Actuality: The History of Library Services and Incarceration in the United States.” UCLA Information Studies Colloquium, 2022.

Abbott, J., Austin, J., & Maminta, L. “Countering ‘conditions which demand a perseverance verging on the superhuman’: Teaching and learning anti-carceral librarianship through Reference by Mail.” Critical Pedagogy Symposium, 2021.

Austin, J., Ball, S., Jacobson, E., & Kinnon, R. “Reference by Mail services to people who are incarcerated: Overcoming barriers to information access while reimagining the public.” ALA Annual Conference, 2021.

Austin, J. “Information access, systemic oppression, and incarceration.” Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, University of Rhode Island. Voices for Information Equity, 2021.

Austin, J., Ball, S., & Owens, K. “Incarceration and information surveillance.” S.T.O.P. x RadTech. 2021.

Austin, J. “‘Unaware of when and how covert enrollment occurs’: Voice biometric surveillance in prisons and beyond.”  American Library Association Midwinter, 2021  (Part of a session on Core Top Technology Trends.)

Austin, J., Keyes, O., and Zimmer, M. (2020).  “Autobiography of an audit: Tracing the roots and repercussions of the HRT-Transgender database.” AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research, 2020.

Austin, J.  “Library services to people who are incarcerated: Attempting anti-racism through LIS.”  UCLA Department of Information Studies Colloquium, 2019.

Austin, J. and Villa-Nicholas, M.  “Reimagining the public: Library services to people in jails and prisons.”  Webinar.  Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services of the American Library Association, 2019.  Available in the ODLOS webinar archives.

Austin, J., Hall, R, and Kinnon, R.  “What If patrons can’t access the Internet?: Reference by Mail for patrons who are incarcerated.”  California Library Association Annual Conference, 2019.

Austin J. and Ball, S.  “Public library services to incarcerated people: Librarians’ insights.” Books to Prisoners Virtual Summit, 2019.

Austin, J.  “Identifying ‘Trap Doors’: The gendered surveillance of transgender people’s online embodiment.” Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) 2019, New Orleans, LA.  (This was part of a panel on “Intimate surveillance: Collecting people as data.”)

Austin, J. and Villa-Nicholas, M. “Crossing institutional divides: Services to incarcerated patrons as a bridge between public libraries and Library and Information Science education,” Joint Conference of Librarians of Color 2018, Albuquerque, NM.

Austin, J. and Woo, C. J. “Do we walk the walk or just talk the talk: Library practices around intersectional needs,” National Diversity in Libraries Conference 2016, UCLA.

Austin, J. “Youth as citizen?: Libraries and youth civic engagement,” BOBCATSSS 2016, Lyon, France.

Austin, J., Sonnie, A., and Harger, E. “Social justice movements and the role of libraries,” Digital Rights in Libraries Conference 2015, San Francisco.

Austin J. and McKeever, L. “Queering libraries,” UNC Asheville Queer Studies Conference, 2015, Asheville, NC.

The image on this page is from Inside Outside, a 1970s newsletter for librarians and people who were incarcerated.